Thinking about the NLTP announcements and Rudmans article yesterday I wondered, which regions are really doing well out of the funding announcements and which ones aren’t doing so well. It appears that if the name of your region starts with a W then you will be doing much better off. This is based on which regions are getting the most money on a per capita basis from the PR releases that the NZTA made the other day. I based the population figures off the Stats NZ estimates for 2010.
Based on this Auckland at least does better than the national average and it would be really interesting to see a historical breakdown of spending by region to see where it has gone. Aside from Auckland, there are some really interesting results. The west coast per capita spend is high mainly because of the extremely low population there and the need to maintain large amounts of roading infrastructure, the press release highlights that almost all of the spending is on maintenance alone. In Canterbury I am surprised by how low the spending is considering how much needs to be fixed following the earthquakes. Lastly the Manawatu/Whanganui region is really low at less than $1000 per person.
You will also notice that the total announced spending per region doesn’t match up with the $2.3b the NZTA announced in total. Some of that is due to things like road policing not being included but there does seem to be a bit missing. Perhaps that is other stuff that can’t be easily categorised into a single region.